California is Home to America’s Most Polluted Cities
Most of America’s polluted cities are located in California, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report.
The report, released Wednesday, found that 6 of the 10 cities with the worst short-term air pollution in the US are in California.
Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno, Modesto, San Francisco and Los Angeles are on the list, according to the report.
Bakersfield is at the top of the list while Visalia, Fresno and Modesto are second, 3rd and 4th on the list.
Paul Billings of the American Lung Association points to the increase in population as one of the main reasons why California has so many cities with unhealthy levels of air pollution.
“They’ve done more than any other state to counteract air pollution,” Mr. Billings said.
This annual report started nearly 20 years ago.
“While most of the nation has much cleaner air quality than even a decade ago, many cities reported their highest number of unhealthy days since the report began,” the report said.
According to Mashable, short-term pollution is not the only area where cities in California struggle, and 8 California cities are in the Bottom 10 for worst year-round pollution.
The Golden State also has 7 cities with the most ozone-polluted air.
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Visalia, Calif.
- Fresno, Calif.
- Modesto, Calif.
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- San Francisco
- Salt Lake City
- Logan, Utah
- Los Angeles
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